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High ISO K10D and GBH
Posted By: r scott webb, 08-17-2009, 08:13 AM

Here are a few shots from the C&O Canal again. These were done Saturday. The first two were done Saturday morning, the rest were late Saturday evening.


Misty Morning Run. K10D, Tamron 75-300 @ 300, 1/100, f/7.1, ISO 400.


Spider Web. K10D, Tamron 75-300 @ 110mm, 1/60, f/4, ISO 200.

Saturday evening shots:

The light was getting really sucky by this time. Sun was low in the trees making the canal area pretty dusky looking. Had to bump ISO up to 800 for the in-flight shot and 1600 for the last two. I was also using the pop-up flash with the last two just for a little help. Made the heron's eye pop if nothing else.


GBHIF. K10D, Tamron 75-300 @ 300mm, 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 800.


GBH With Fish Dinner. K10D, Tamron 75-300 @ 300mm, 1/160, f/5.6, ISO 1600.


GBH Posing. K10D, Tamron 75-300 @ 300mm, 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 1600.

The shots at 800 and 1600 ISO were run through Noise Ninja for a quick noise clean-up. The in-flight shot was cropped to about 50% of actual size...it's not the greatest GBHIF shot ever but I like it.

As always, comments and CC are most welcome.

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I like the shots, and also use flash quite a lot for bird photography, although I find that the best results are with a Better Beamer flash extender, to get more range.

I have shot the K10D also at high ISO, and find its performance quite good as long as the image does not have serious shadow detail.

The image below was ISO 1600 and is only about 10% of the frame area.

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Nice photos of the Canal, brings back some memories, We used to camp at Paw Paw on our way up to the Youghegheny River in Friendsville.

The K10D is a great performer at High ISO IMHO. I took a few ISO1600 shots at the zoo over the weekend and was more than pleasantly surprised at the performance of the K10D.

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I like the first image the best. JIM

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First image is excellent. Great framing, color and mood.
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I like the first one too.
Lots of good high ISO shots coming out of the woodworks now.
Well done all.
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Thanks all...

I appreciate the replies. I try to avoid using anything over ISO400 if possible, but I'm not afraid to use higher when called for. I've had to shoot a few pee-wee football games (new season starts Saturday morning!) using 1600 and they came out remarkably well. I have a wedding to shoot Friday evening that will probably require 1600 here and there also (thanks be for Noise Ninja!).

It has taken me 3 weeks of visiting that stretch of canal daily to find a GBH again. I had stopped with two of my sons to kill an hour before their mom got off work and there it was. I managed to get really close too, probably within 25' or so. It just stood there and looked at me.

I wasn't expecting to find much that late in the evening so I didn't have my main flash attached. The pop-up did well enough for what it is, I suppose.

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Very nice shots Randy. You are doing very well pusking the limits with the K10D. Well done!

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like the first two shots best. nice web and the serenity of the walk on the trail.
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